(BIVN) – Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. Intermittent small, short-lived overflows continue, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory wrote this morning, adding that the “overflows rarely extend beyond the existing flow field.”
The flow is producing a broad ocean entry along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots, civil defense said.
According to the USGS:
At the coast, the northern margin of the flow field is still oozing pasty lava at several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots. Lava was entering the sea over a broad area this morning primarily on the northern side of the entry area. As shown by the June 29 thermal map of the flow field, the lava channel has crusted over about 0.8 km (0.5 mi) inland of the ocean entry; lava oozing from the flow’s molten interior into the ocean along most of its broad front.
Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, civil defense says access by residents is not allowed.
Fissure 22 is also active and producing a short flow, officials say. “Fissure 22 is spattering about 50-80 m above conical spatter cone and feeding a short lava flow that is moving slowly to the northeast along the edge of earlier flows,” scientists said this morning.
Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high, civil defense says. The National Weather Service reports trade winds will push vog to the south and west side of the island.
Residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water due to frequent earthquakes.
by Big Island Video News
HAWAII ISLAND - Lava was entering the sea over a broad area this morning primarily on the northern side of the entry area, scientists report.